#ephemera Category

Charles Hasler Sends his Greetings

Charles Hasler Sends His Greetings is now available to order from MoDA’s online shop Charles Hasler Sends His Greetings is a taster of the many wonderful things contained in MoDA’s Charles Hasler collection.  The book’s author Jane Audas delves into the collection to highlight fifty rare and unusual items from Victoriana to mid-century modern. Hasler (1908-1989) […]

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Graphic design meets furniture design

Today we’re taking a closer look at the graphic design of this 1962 furniture catalogue by Finmar.  Finmar was a wholesaler and major importer of Scandinavian furniture to the UK.  It was founded in 1934 by design reformer Philip Morton Shand.  The graphic design of the catalogue mirrors the clean lines, organic forms and a […]

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Hasler Happy Christmas

Curator of the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, Sim Panaser, finds some unusual Christmas cards in the museum’s Charles Hasler Collection Have you sent your Christmas cards?  I must admit I haven’t and it appears I am not alone, with a recent article in the The Guardian asking if, 2014 is the year that the […]

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Publicity, Packaging and Postcards

In early 2013 we began a documentation and conservation project focusing on a part of MoDA’s collection made up of  little bits of detail.  The Charles Hasler Collection contains (amongst other things) scraps of wine labels, books with missing pages, old restaurant menus and envelopes. This reference material from the Charles Hasler collection is both […]

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Butterflies in books

The other week, we were looking through Beautiful Butterflies of the Tropics by Arthur Twidle, when we came across something rather unexpected. Between the pages, and alongside some of Twidle’s colour illustrations of action-packed butterfly catching, we found a beautifully preserved real life butterfly with iridescent wings, on a padded board beside a pressed fern. We make an effort […]

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Knitting Revolution

According to the word on the street, there is a revolution afoot. Aided by social media sites, guerrila tactics (yarn bombing) and organised metropolitan gatherings, the twenty-first century knitting revolution continues advancing to the rhythm of clicking sticks winding through fancy new cashmere/alpaca/bamboo/kitten blended yarn. The Guardian foretold the rise of the knitter nearly a decade ago whilst […]

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